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Recently I participated in an international webinar, in which the theme was how the coronavirus was impacting our lives and our ministries. It was also a discussion about how people can function during the shutdown. The shutdown has decimated many churches, whose business is relationships and building up people. Churches pay their bills from the offerings of people who attend. Today I was talking with a small business owner, and the owner said this shutdown is, “Really hard…you can’t pay the bills by just providing carryout food.” So this is a problem not just for churches but also for businesses. I ask you to pray for the businesses and churches of your town, and do what you can to support them now and when they reopen.

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Keeping Hope Alive

And here we are mid-week after the celebration of the resurrection, and already I’ve heard the same statement repeated over and over again, “I can’t wait until we are over this social distancing, and we can get back to normal.” And while the intent behind this statement, for most, is an expression of being sick and tired of the current circumstances that surrounds and abounds, the sentiment is much deeper than that. “I can’t wait” expresses a hope that there has to be something better.

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Sewing with a Mission

COVID-19 snuck up on us and has changed our lives in ways that we would never have imagined they could be changed. Moving from full-steam ahead to being socially distant was a shock, and it left me struggling for a way to bring order and a healthy rhythm to my life. But one thing that has enriched my life during the past few weeks has been working with others to bless our community through sewing. Who knew that my eight weeks of sewing instruction during my home economics class would prove to be so valuable to ministry! Here is my story.

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The Lord Provides!

Posted: 4/15/20 at 7:00am. Written by Lori Taylor. Kentwood Heights Baptist Church runs a regular food pantry. We feel that this mission helps people in the community and allows us to serve the Lord through this ministry. When the coronavirus hit the United States, we saw a slight increase in people, but it was nothing we couldn’t handle. As the …

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Helping Our Schools

Stevens Memorial Baptist Church, in Newport News Virginia, is working to build and maintain a supportive relationship with our neighborhood school, McIntosh Elementary. All students attending McIntosh Elementary School receive free lunches. During COVID-19, schools closed for the remainder of the school year, and we realized that many McIntosh families may be stressed about providing meals for their children. A …

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BGAV International Partners Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the challenging days of COVID-19, we take comfort knowing that we are not alone in this struggle. We are thankful for our international partners around the world who stand with us in solidarity as we struggle through this crisis together. Our Mission Development team has been busy at work in the past weeks checking in with our international partners and Virginia Baptist missions volunteers on the field.

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Creative Waiting

Believers have had to wait before. Waiting for a promised land. Waiting for an exodus. Waiting in exile. Waiting for a distant freedom. Waiting to rebuild a shattered country. Waiting for a promised child. Waiting for a Savior to return. Waiting. Are we not today disciples who are often called—to learn to wait—again? So many crucial and transforming issues in life require a period of waiting—in an age when one philosopher has said that “America suffers from the idolatry of the of the immediate and the superficial.”

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Happy Easter from BGAV!

Click above to view a message of encouragement from BGAV Executive Director John Upton during these challenging times. Happy Easter from your BGAV family as we walk alongside each other—advancing the Kingdom together. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay." (Matthew 28:5-6)

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What Do We Mean by “Essential?”

There’s a word we hear in the news and in daily conversations during this time of COVID-19 isolation; that word is essential. People like to purport their determination of what is essential and what is not. But is what is essential for them or essential for me? Is what is essential for me, essential for them?

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Crisis Care: Dealing with Loss and Grief

Grief is a response to loss. Loss occurs whenever something emotionally significant is no longer in a person’s life. Grief is the mental or emotional pain that we experience because of loss. We tend to associate these with death or the big losses like layoffs or breakups, but people can experience a sense of loss over anything emotionally significant. During this time of intentional isolation, we are all feeling loss in one way or another.

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Essential: A Pastor Looks at 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

There is much discussion right now about the essential and non-essential parts of life. Right now, that discussion is overwhelmingly driven by the consideration of how to address the COVID-19 pandemic: how do we slow the spread of a novel contagion in an open and engaged society? We’ve struggled with deciding if retail establishments and entertainment venues are essential, determining how restaurants operate, and, in the face of a highly-communicable disease, if that haircut you want needs to wait. 

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How a Coaching Conversation Can Assist During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

What an unusual time in which we are living! Many of our churches and leaders are finding unique ways to respond to ministry opportunities. Others are overwhelmed with fear and uncertainty with financial and health concerns. Many of our leaders are seeking whatever resources they can find to survive during this challenge. We are encouraging leaders to seek crisis counselors and financial assistance from bankers. Many are looking for consultants and experts who will help them find the answers to what is next.

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Out of the Box Easter

Do you feel as though your Easter plans are spiraling downward? This should be a season where we, the church, are gearing up for the big event! But now we are social distancing. We are normally buying Easter outfits, getting our egg stuffers together, and making sure our service is a perfect blend for both churched and unchurched people. Instead we are now stressing about what to do with all of this candy and wondering how we are supposed to reach those families who only come to church twice a year. What if we instead came up with ways to get families and communities excited again?

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